Tag: Water Quality

Buffers in eastern MN

Buffer alternatives: Finding the right conservation ‘fit’ for each farm

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Minnesota’s buffer law was created to protect state water resources from erosion and runoff pollution. While Minnesota farmers agree with the intended outcomes of the buffer law, many are concerned that what is proscribed in the legislation will not achieve the intended results.

That’s why the law was also written to give farmers and landowners ‘alternatives’ in cases where the vegetative buffer won’t work or where there might be an even better way to achieve the same water quality benefit.

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Minnesota Harvest

Klobuchar’s office to host public forums as part of Farm Bill Tour

On Monday, January 23, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office will kick off her Farm Bill Tour. Klobuchar’s staff will join with Minnesota agriculture leaders – including Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson – to gather input from Minnesotans on ways to strengthen the 2018 Farm Bill. Over the two-day tour, Klobuchar’s office will host forums open to the public in six counties across Minnesota. The forums are free and open to the public. Growers are encouraged to attend.

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MN Ag EXPO

Pre-register now for MN Ag EXPO 2017

We’re less than one month away from MN Ag EXPO 2017!

MN Ag EXPO, January 25-26 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, is the premiere winter event for Minnesota farmers. Planned and coordinated by Minnesota’s corn and soybean organizations, MN Ag EXPO 2017 is shaping up to be better than ever.

Whether you’re new to MN Ag EXPO or attend every single year, here are some things to know about the 2017 event:

Pre-register online.

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Mehrkens Family

Goldy digs conservation, and so does the Mehrkens family

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The Mehrkens family, who farm just outside Thief River Falls, were honored for their conservation work by the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) in late December.

As part of recognizing their commitment to conservation, Goldy Gopher took Kaleb Mehrkens, 9, on a Zamboni ride around the rink at Mariucci Arena during the December 30 men’s hockey game. Kaleb is the family’s resident hockey fanatic – even his figure-skating older sisters,

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Nitrogen Smart Workshop 2017

Minnesota farmers get ‘Nitrogen Smart’

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmers across Minnesota have been delving into a series of seminars called ‘Nitrogen Smart’, supported by Minnesota Corn Growers Association. The seminars, hosted by Minnesota Agriculture Water Resource Center (MAWRC), are presented by experts from University of Minnesota Extension.

Eight ‘Nitrogen Smart’ workshops took place across the state in December, from Slayton to Faribault. Each meeting was geared to the particular region where it was set,

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Great River Greening

MCGA and Great River Greening partner on water quality

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

In its 21 years, Great River Greening has worked primarily on wildlife habitat restoration, marshaling 39,000 community volunteers to help restore 18,000 acres of Minnesota prairies and forests.

In 2011, the organization began to move forward with comprehensive watershed work to improve water quality—work that has recently advanced with the help of grants and technical support from Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

Seven Mile Creek,

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The Novak Family

Novak family recognized as ‘Farm Family of the Game’

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The Novak family are hard-working, conservation-minded farmers in the northwest corner of Minnesota. They were recently honored at a University of Minnesota men’s hockey game, as the ‘Gophers Farm Family of the Game.’

Garrett and Andrea Novak, of St. Hilaire (six miles south of Thief River Falls) have four daughters: Natalie, 12; Miranda, 10; Aliyah, 7; and Bristol, 4. The two older daughters accompanied mom and dad to the game at Mariucci Arena,

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World Soil Day: Dig into Soil Health

The Soil Health Partnership commemorates World Soil Day on Dec. 5 by encouraging farmers to consider ways they can improve soil health. Not sure where to start? Take a few minutes to watch this fun and informative white board video, “Farmers to the Rescue: How Healthy Soil Can Save the Planet.”

Soil Health PartnershipThe group also will host a Virtual Field Day Webinar on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 11:00 a.m.

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Nitrogen Smart workshops are coming to your area

University of Minnesota Extension invites growers to attend one of several upcoming Nitrogen Smart workshops.

Nitrogen Smart focuses on fundamentals for maximizing economic return on nitrogen investments and minimizing nitrogen losses. Each workshop is tailored to fit that specific region of the state.

“The goal of these sessions is to help farmers gain a better understanding of how to manage nitrogen more effectively,” says Brad Carlson, University of Minnesota Extension educator and workshop presenter.

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Battling wet conditions, harvest 2016

Farmers battling wet conditions, still getting the job done

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The late October skies brought another three inches of rain to southeast Minnesota and some parts of western Minnesota, while a wide band across the middle of the state got an inch-plus of unwanted rain: But farmers still managed to make significant harvest progress.

Northwest Minnesota has joined the ranks of major corn and soybean producing areas. John Swanson, of Mentor, who farms with his son,

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